Phoenix, Valley homeless struggling in cold temperatures

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PHOENIX -- It's one of the most difficult times of the year for the homeless here in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Not only are we coming up on the holidays, but we've seen some lower than normal temperatures.

Bruce Haffner visited one Phoenix shelter to see how people are coping, what they need and what you can do to help.

Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) provides a total of 415 beds for single men and women at its main shelter every night.

CASS also runs a family shelter in North Phoenix. Those 30 apartments house about 120 men, women and children, depending on family size.

According to CASS and Maricopa County, one in five homeless people is younger than 18. About 25 percent are women who are victims of domestic violence. Another 25 percent are veterans. About 40 percent of the homeless are families with children.

The top seven items that are always needed at CASS include disposable razors, aerosol deodorants, new undergarments, baby wipes, toilet paper, all-purpose copy paper and large heavy-duty trash bags. Winter items on the shelter's wish list include winter clothing for children, winter caps and gloves, jackets or coats for adults and work boots in good condition.

For more information about CASS, visit cass-az.org.